In every mind a Saint -- Chan (Zen) Buddhism

Monday, May 4, 2009

Are people stupid for not achieving sudden enlightenment?

Vast number of people in the past, as records show, were suddenly enlightened. Many people practice meditation or learn Buddhism today but few are suddenly or ever enlightened. The common explanation is that people nowadays may be worse in quality than the people in the past, therefore people now... Sign in to see full entry.

Achievement not owned: Just things needed to be done

For recommendations on personal growth, success is often aimed and failure avoided. Even in Buddhist circles in the modern time, achievements and success in life are posted as goals and failures or attacks are often viewed as lessons to be learned, or as a training to be even healthier and stronger... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

How to apply wisdom and contemplation?

Wisdom can be referred as the perception and interpretation of the world from someone who has enlightened, such as the texts recording the teaching of the Buddha or other enlightened masters. These perceptions or interpretations could often be different from those from the ordinary mind because of... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Your world's a reflection of your mind

People often complain about their friends or colleagues they are associated with. That it is bad luck that they are in such a poor condition. They think others are luckier and that's why they are happier and more successful. They even project that the world is just like their little circle, so... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Universal rules amidst universal emptiness

The understanding of universal emptiness helps with the de-attachment of one's grasping on the world and thus obtains a liberation from the world's physical and emotional bondage and achieves a perfect freedom of living. However what is then deemed as striking is, notwithstanding emptiness of all... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 20, 2009

If the world is originally pure why is there evil?

In Buddhism everything is considered to be devoid of self-nature and only arises and perishes due to other coexisting rise and perishing. It is called emptiness but in fact it also has a wondrous existence out of emptiness. In Mahayana thought the world we live in is deemed as a Buddhaland. In other... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Environmental Conservatism Could Become Another Modern Idol Worship

Save a plastic bag and save the globe. This has become the standard of virtures nowadays. If one goes with environmental conservatism, one is classified as an angel; if not, one is deemed as a sinner for punishment. In the city I live, a supermarket I go to has joined with thousands other shops to... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Is knowledge about reality a precondition for enlightenment?

Essential knowledge or concepts of Buddhism, such as impermanence, suffering (dukha), emptiness and no-self, are thought by many as being imperative or actually a precondition to enlightenment. In other words, it was thought that no matter how you meditate or practice, at the final stage, you must... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Is Enlightenment One or Different in Hinayana, Mahayana and Chan Buddhism?

Various forms of Buddhism often claim special superiority for Buddhist enlightenment against other forms or traditions. In some common interpretation of the Hinayana, or Theravada tradition, Buddhism originated at Buddha's time, claimed that ultimate attainment of nirvana as an arhat seems like the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Why Mahayana Samadhi is superb as mind concentration?

Concentration of the mind is vital practice for achieving self-awareness, self-control and going from the mundane to spiritual liberation for many religious practices as you find people counting beads, saying mantra, visualizing images, saying prayers, reciting scriptures or doing meditation. The... Sign in to see full entry.

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